Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
A day after firing coach Mike McCarthy, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst took questions on the decision and the search for a successor.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's column on how the new coach must command Aaron Rodgers' respect, and the most prominent possibility is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels is considered one of the brightest young offensive minds in the game. His offenses have ranked in the top three in scoring in the NFL five times in the last six years, including four at No. 1. Granted, he has Tom Brady as his quarterback. But still.
Also, Rodgers is friends with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. You can’t help but wonder what Brady has told him about McDaniels.
According to ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, who recently wrote a book about Belichick, Brady told another NFL coach sometime in the last few years that if Rodgers played in the Patriots’ offense, “He'd throw for 7,000 yards every year. He's so much more talented than me.”
Now, Brady wasn’t talking about McDaniels in particular. But McDaniels has been the Patriots’ offensive coordinator since 2012, so that is an attention grabber.
You can read the entire column here:
Rodgers says he's fine with not being a part of the process:
McCarthy's demise was sealed when Mason Crosby's last-second field goal attempt drifted wide right:
The Packers are keeping their coaching-search cards close to the vest:
Packers players express regret over McCarthy losing his job:
Interim coach Joe Philbin seemingly has no designs on the permanent job:
Former Packers receiver James Jones talks about how a defensive-minded head coach might work best for Rodgers:
Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski with immediate reactions to the McCarthy news Sunday night:
Here's just a sampling of the national reaction to McCarthy's firing:
Peter King of NBC Sports calls the firing a mutually merciful decision:
Albert Breer of The MMQB likens McCarthy's departure to that of Andy Reid in Philadelphia:
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expresses disappointment over the departure of the coach he has been beating with regularity in recent years:
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network weighs in:
Tom Oates writes for the Madison State Journal that the Packers' problems run much deeper than the head coach:
The folks at Good Morning Football are asking which coaching job is more attractive: Packers or Browns?
Now's the time to see the Packers on the cheap:
Here's how OddsShark ranks the favorites for the Packers job:
And finally ....